Relay teams shine for Douglas
Solid performances in the relay races helped lift the Douglas High girls and boys teams to sixth-place in their respective divisions Saturday at the 45th annual Fallon Elks Invitational.
The boys logged top-three finishes in the 4×200 and 4×100 relays while the girls placed in the 4×400 and 4×200 races to provide highlights for Douglas during competition in the 40-team meet at Churchill County High School’s Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex.
Josh Gurule, Luke Gansberg, Dawson Coman and Cade Pankey combined to capture second-place in the 4×200 in a time of 1:34.99. Coman, Kody Gray, Gurule and Sean Wolfkiel placed third in the 4×100 (45.57).
On the girls side, the Tigers placed fourth in the 4×400 (4:17.39) with the quartet of Macey Weston, Maya Smith, Sophia Bottino and Madison Smalley. The Tigers’ Faye Fournier, Weston, Bottino and Smalley placed sixth in the 4×800 (1:54.24).
Douglas finished sixth in the girls team standings with 40.5 points and with 38 points on the boys side.
Logan Kyle produced the lone gold medal for Douglas when he won the boys pole vault. The senior cleared 14-feet for the second time in as many weeks and won on fewer misses over McQueen’s Parker Nelson, who jumped a personal best 14-0. Kyle reached 14-0 — the state’s best mark so far this season — for the first time one week before during a Northern 4A conference meet in Carson City.
Smalley and Bottino placed fifth and sixth in the girls 200-meter final with respective times of 27.83 and 28.35. Smalley ran 27.47 and Bottino 27.75 in the prelims.
Coman placed seventh in the 100 (11.47) after advancing with an 11.39 effort in the prelims. The senior also ran 23.56 in the 200 prelims.
John Munyan ran 4:36.81 to place seventh in a fast 1,600 that saw the top three finishers dip under 4:25. Reed’s Anthony Ocegueda won the race with a 4:21.34 clocking that ranks as the best in Nevada so far this season.
Smith placed fourth in the girls 400 (1:04.24) and eighth in the 800 (2:31.08).
Kindra Ruckman threw a personal record 110-2 to place fifth in the girls discus. Freshman teammate Meleeah McKown placed sixth (108-2) and was seventh in the shot put (31-4-1/4).
The Tigers also had some highlights in the girls jumps. Hunter Cielo placed fifth in the pole vault (9-6) while Corie Nalder placed eighth (8-6). Kayla Provost went 4-10 to place sixth in the high jump and Madilynne Cox placed eighth in the long jump (15-1-3/4).
Pankey placed fifth in the triple jump (39-8-1/4) and eighth in the long jump (19-7). Wolfkiel took seventh (39-4-1/2).